Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

by Dean Burnett


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“You should read this funny, stimulating and rewarding book. You’ll be happy you did.” —Guardian

The pursuit of happiness is one of the most enduring quests of human life. But where does happiness come from, why do we need it, and what does it have to do with the brain? In this delightful sequel to Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett combines cutting-edge theories of the science of emotions with interviews and contributions from relationship experts, psychology professors, comedy writers, celebrities, and pretty much anyone else involved in bringing about happiness in others. Witty and perceptive, humorous and enlightening, Happy Brain explores a fascinating aspect of modern neuroscience, and in the process discovers something about what it means to be human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356953
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 771,370
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and research associate at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes a popular science blog called Brain Yapping for the Cosmic Shambles Network and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Happiness in the Brain 5

2 There's No Place Like Home 41

3 Working on the Brain 70

4 Happiness Is Other People 104

5 Love, Lust or Bust 139

6 You've Got to Laugh 182

7 The Dark Side of Happiness 219

8 Happiness Through the Ages 257

Afterword 295

Acknowledgments 302

Notes 304

Index 335

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